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Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine
by Anne Applebaum

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English

Pages

466

Publication Date

October 10, 2017

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<b>AN <i>ECONOMIST</i> BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR<br /><br />From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning <i>Gulag</i> and the National Book Award finalist <i>Iron Curtain</i>, a revelatory history of one of Stalin's greatest crimes—the consequences of which still resonate today</b><br /><br />In 1929 Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization—in effect a second Russian revolution—which forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms. The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. At least five million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USSR. But instead of sending relief the Soviet state made use of the catastrophe to rid itself of a political problem. In <i>Red Famine</i>, Anne Applebaum argues that more than three million of those dead were Ukrainians who perished not because they were accidental victims of a bad policy but because the state deliberately set out to kill them.<br /><br />Applebaum proves what has long been suspected: after a series of rebellions unsettled the province, Stalin set out to destroy the Ukrainian peasantry. The state sealed the republic’s borders and seized all available food. Starvation set in rapidly, and people ate anything: grass, tree bark, dogs, corpses. In some cases, they killed one another for food. Devastating and definitive, <i>Red Famine</i> captures the horror of ordinary people struggling to survive extraordinary evil.<br /><br />Today, Russia, the successor to the Soviet Union, has placed Ukrainian independence in its sights once more. Applebaum’s compulsively readable narrative recalls one of the worst crimes of the twentieth century, and shows how it may foreshadow a new threat to the political order in the twenty-first.
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond

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English

Pages

528

Publication Date

March 07, 2017

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<p><strong>"Fascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."—Bill Gates</strong></p><br />In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, <em>New York Review of Books</em>) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war --and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, <em>Guns, Germs, and Steel</em> chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth club of California's Gold Medal.
The Old Farmer's Almanac 2020
by Old Farmer's Almanac

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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It’s another new year celebrating everything under the Sun, including the Moon, with <i>The Old Farmer’s Almanac, </i>America’s oldest continuously published periodical! Always timely, topical, and distinctively “useful, with a pleasant degree of humor,” the Almanac has been beloved for centuries by people from all walks of life.<br />  <br /> As the nation’s iconic calendar, the 2020 edition will forecast cultural, culinary, and other life-changing trends; preview notable astronomical events; provide time- and money-saving tips for gardeners of all varieties; set the hook for best fishing days; forecast traditionally 80 percent–accurate weather; and cover a range of related topics, including anniversaries, folklore, husbandry, home remedies, recipes, amusement, contests, and more—too much more to mention—all in the inimitable way it has done since 1792.<br />  
The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Naz...
by Thomas Hager

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

September 19, 2006

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<b>In<i> The Demon Under the Microscope</i>, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of sulfa, the first antibiotic and the drug that shaped modern medicine.</b><br /><br /> The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. Sulfa saved millions of lives—among them those of Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr.—but its real effects are even more far reaching. Sulfa changed the way new drugs were developed, approved, and sold; transformed the way doctors treated patients; and ushered in the era of modern medicine. The very concept that chemicals created in a lab could cure disease revolutionized medicine, taking it from the treatment of symptoms and discomfort to the eradication of the root cause of illness. <br /><br /> A strange and colorful story,<i> The Demon Under the Microscope</i> illuminates the vivid characters, corporate strategy, individual idealism, careful planning, lucky breaks, cynicism, heroism, greed, hard work, and the central (though mistaken) idea that brought sulfa to the world. This is a fascinating scientific tale with all the excitement and intrigue of a great suspense novel.
We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
by Jonathan Safran Foer

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<p>Some people reject the fact, overwhelmingly supported by scientists, that our planet is warming because of human activity. But do those of us who accept the reality of human-caused climate change truly believe it? If we did, surely we would be roused to act on what we know. Will future generations distinguish between those who didn’t believe in the science of global warming and those who said they accepted the science but failed to change their lives in response?</p><p>In <i>We Are the Weather</i>, Jonathan Safran Foer explores the central global dilemma of our time in a surprising, deeply personal, and urgent new way. The task of saving the planet will involve a great reckoning with ourselves—with our all-too-human reluctance to sacrifice immediate comfort for the sake of the future. We have, he reveals, turned our planet into a farm for growing animal products, and the consequences are catastrophic. Only collective action will save our home and way of life. And it all starts with what we eat—and don’t eat—for breakfast.</p>
Growing Season: a novel (Book 1)
by Melanie Lageschulte

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

May 29, 2017

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<b>A faded farmhouse, a devoted dog. One special season.</b><br /><br />Melinda is already at a crossroads when the “for rent” sign beckons her down a dusty gravel lane. Facing forty, single and downsized from her stellar career at a big-city ad agency, she’s struggling to start over when a phone call brings her home to rural Iowa. <br /><br />It's not long before she moves to the country, takes on a rundown farm and its headstrong animals, and lands behind the counter of her family’s hardware store in the community of Prosper, whose motto is “The Great Little Town That Didn’t.” And just like the sprawling garden she tends under the summer sun, Melinda begins to thrive. But when storm clouds arrive on her horizon, can she hold on to the new life she's worked so hard to create?<br /><br />Filled with memorable characters, from a big-hearted farm dog to the weather-obsessed owner of the local co-op, “Growing Season” celebrates the twists and turns of small-town life. Discover the heartwarming series that’s filled with new friends, fresh starts and second chances.<br />
HUNTER HOMESTEAD (FEEDING THE WORLD Book 1)
by Boyd Craven Jr.

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English

Pages

84

Publication Date

July 29, 2019

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<p><strong>FEEDING THE WORLD</strong> is a provocative new series that parallels some of today's real-world issues, like: <strong>The trade war between the U.S. & China. Out of control sectors of government. Unrealistic regulations. Genetically engineered food.</strong></p><p><strong></strong><strong></strong>From the mind of Boyd Craven Jr. comes a story world that most readers find <em></em><em>"Scarily Believable..."  "Right out of today's headlines..."  "Different than anything else in this genre that I've read..."</em><br /></p><p><strong>HUNTER HOMESTEAD — </strong>Smack dab in the middle of all that, Jacob and Elaine Hunter sell their home on the water in a small Michigan city for more than they could've ever dreamed, and at the perfect time—just before the big real estate crash. With a fist full of cash, and timing on their side they retire from their jobs and set out to find the perfect place to settle down to a life of homesteading and sustainability. They might have found the perfect place, out in the middle of nowhere in South Carolina, but they also found something they hadn't counted on. His name was Mike Ford.<strong></strong></p><p>★★★★★ <strong>The start of a new world!!</strong>  This first book in a new series I found quite enjoyable!! It's well written and the characters are fleshed out very well! I look forward to reading the next in the series!</p><p>★★★★★ <strong>A Scary Premise!!</strong> Great start to a fascinating storyline. I love the characters - being as I am of the older generation - their doubts, and their hopes and dreams. It's a scary premise - the whole genetic manipulation and I am really anxious to see where this series is going. Well done, Boyd Craven Jr.</p><p>★★★★☆ <strong>Different</strong> This story is different than what I'm used to from the Craven guys but still enjoyed it. Think it's actually the first story I've seen along these lines. I can say honestly the storyline interested me because I worry about what these big companies are doing to our food. Looking forward to starting book two.</p>
Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling
by Meathead Goldwyn

Language

English

Pages

403

Publication Date

May 17, 2016

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The first book to apply the latest scientific research to America’s favorite form of cooking, by the curator of the highly successful website Amazingribs.com, with 175 sure-fire recipes
The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science
by , J. Kenji López-Alt

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English

Pages

962

Publication Date

September 21, 2015

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<p><strong>A <em>New York Times</em> Bestseller<br /><br />Winner of the James Beard Award for General Cooking and the IACP Cookbook of the Year Award<br /><br /><br /><br />"The one book you must have, no matter what you’re planning to cook or where your skill level falls."—<em>New York Times Book Review</em></strong></p><br /><p>Ever wondered how to pan-fry a steak with a charred crust and an interior that's perfectly medium-rare from edge to edge when you cut into it? How to make homemade mac 'n' cheese that is as satisfyingly gooey and velvety-smooth as the blue box stuff, but far tastier? How to roast a succulent, moist turkey (forget about brining!)—and use a foolproof method that works every time?</p><br /><p>As Serious Eats's culinary nerd-in-residence, J. Kenji López-Alt has pondered all these questions and more. In <em>The Food Lab</em>, Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes, delving into the interactions between heat, energy, and molecules that create great food. Kenji shows that often, conventional methods don’t work that well, and home cooks can achieve far better results using new—but simple—techniques. In hundreds of easy-to-make recipes with over 1,000 full-color images, you will find out how to make foolproof Hollandaise sauce in just two minutes, how to transform one simple tomato sauce into a half dozen dishes, how to make the crispiest, creamiest potato casserole ever conceived, and much more.</p>
Waiting Season: a novel (Book 4)
by Melanie Lageschulte

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English

Pages

252

Publication Date

December 01, 2018

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<b>A new year brings new challenges … and the chance to make a dream come true.</b> <br /><br />Melinda hopes to spend January by the fireplace, paging through the seed catalogs’ promises of spring, while the snow drifts around her cozy farmhouse. After all, the slower pace of rural life was one of the reasons she’d left the city behind. <br /><br />Instead, she must face her fears when the worst of winter’s threats surround her door. Braving blizzards to care for her animals, thawing her acreage’s water lines, and anxiously watching over the pregnant sheep in her barn fill her shorter days and longer nights. She trudges on because of Horace’s offer: He’ll sell her the farm in the spring if she still wants to stay.<br /><br />But as winter tightens its grip on the heartland, Melinda's biggest tests are still to come. When a series of events threatens to break her heart and shatter her hopes, can she find the courage to see the season through?<br />

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